KUCHING, Nov 30 ― The Non-Islamic Affairs Unit in the Chief Minister's Office will only commence operations after the state government provides final approval, Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah said today.
"The details on the formation of the unit have already been submitted to the state government for approval," he said in his winding up speech in the state legislative assembly here.
"There have also been many discussions with the religious authorities and state government officers on the proposed functions, organisational structure and staffing after the formation of the unit was announced in June this year," he added.
Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem, during the June meeting of the state assembly, announced the formation of the unit to be placed under the Chief Minister's Office and named Uggah as the minister in-charge.
Following the announcement, Uggah called for a meeting with representatives of non-Islamic religious institutions, including the Association of Churches in Sarawak.
Uggah had said he expected the unit to be operational before the end of this year and able to serve the interest of the various non-Islamic religious groups in Sarawak.